Freshwater eco-systems are amongst the most degraded in Europe, with fish considered as one of the most threatened animal groups. The EU Nature Restoration Law aims at reversing the situation by setting targets for restoration of these ecosystems. The Living Rivers Europe coalition published a briefing with recommendations for the Council and the European Parliament to improve the European Commission’s proposal.
On 22 June, the European Commission published a proposal for a binding legislation to restore nature. This is one of the key legislations stemming from the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy adopted in 2020, which includes a commitment to restoring 25 000 kilometres of free-flowing rivers in the EU. The new proposal sets a number of targets for the restoration of diverse ecosystems, including freshwaters.
Reacting to this proposal, the Living Rivers Europe (LRE) has adopted a new position paper. The European Anglers Alliance is a proud member of Living Rivers Europe (together with five additional NGOs) and has jointly collaborated with the rest of its fellow members towards constructive proposals for improving this legislative document.